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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Feb 8, 2019 8:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Hartford 86 end of tour

Hartford 86

Better of the two nights . “Iko” starts things off well, but the rest of the set is just ok, except the almost always great “Bird Song” . Another “Supplication Jam>Let it Grow’ , is good, but flawed .
“Uncle John”s” starts set 2, and goes into a 14 min. “Playing” , hey this is pretty good ! But then into “I Don’t Need Love” which derails it for me . If you like the song, Brent does a good one . The build up to “Other One’ in “space” , and the song itself has some real fire to it , not that long but what is there is great . The “Wharf Rat” and the rest that follows, seems played out .
Highlights are worth it . Uneven .
Like this Bob Morris tape, but you miss that “Bird Song”

Weaker of the two nights . Most of the first set is sub par . The “Candyman” is ok , a surprise fist set “Crazy Fingers” , is the one real highlight . Kinda neat how “Greatest Story” comes out of it, then the last performance of “Day Job” . I don’t mind the song, but for most people it was “don’t let the door knob hit you in the ass .”
The pre-drums section, except for a Bobby “Smokestack”, and the odd little jam , that hints at “Lovelight”, is , and the music after, is mostly forgettable . Out of ’space” you get 2 Jerry songs in a row, “Wheel>Stella Blue” , which is the pretty good, but then “Throwing Stones>Lovelight take up the rest of the time . The “Box of Rain” encore is good .
A mostly lame show, by me .
The boys need a rest .

The fist night has some great highlights :”Bird Song”, “UJB>Playing” , and “space>Other One” . Some real jamming here .
The second night has that first set “Crazy Fingers”, and maybe the “Smokestack”, and the “Wheel>Stella” . Almost no jamming .

By popular demand, I will finish off this 86 run by extending it to include the Irvine, and BCT shows . An encore of sorts .

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Poster: c-freedom Date: Feb 11, 2019 3:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hartford 86 end of tour

My buddy never did get into the Dead despite being into a lot of great music.
This was his only GD show and I got so spaced I left him stranded in his seat for almost the entire first set.
I somehow got lost in the bowels of the Civic Center?
I do remember him getting us into see 'the Lich' who was very big in
FM- AOR Radio but I found out much to my dismay that the Lich would much rather listen to JOURNEY. oh well, no accounting for taste but he did play some great music easily much better than anything on the N.Y. rock stations.
Dudley you should probably go right up to that final RFK 86 show.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Feb 11, 2019 4:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hartford 86 end of tour

One of the things that made me give up on AOR radio was how lame it got by the late 70's . Out here, they ignored the New Wave/Punk stuff, except for the most commercial . And their version of "Classic Rock" had become so restricted . In L.A, the Program Directors took more and more freedom away from the DJs . It had become predicable, and boring .
Thank you for the interest in this 1986 trip, but I think I will end it with the four BCT shows . It is a good break point, as they did take a week and a half off ( and initially seem a bit better when the resumed ) , AND , I want to listen to some other era for a bit .

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Poster: c-freedom Date: Feb 11, 2019 5:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hartford 86 end of tour

Understood, I am still mulling over Europe 72.myself.